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Grateful Dead Live at Strand Lyceum on 1972-05-25




This show has been commercially released as " Europe '72: The Complete Recordings - All The Music Edition"

Set 1

The Promised Land
Brown Eyed Women
Big Boss Man
Black Throated Wind
Tennessee Jed
Mr. Charlie
Jack Straw
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider
Me And Bobby McGee
Good Lovin'
Playing In The Band
Brokedown Palace
Casey Jones

Set 2

Me And My Uncle
Big Railroad Blues
Chinatown Shuffle
Ramble On Rose
Uncle John's Band ->
Jam ->
Wharf Rat ->
Dark Star ->
Sugar Magnolia
Comes A Time
El Paso
Sittin' On Top Of The World
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad
One More Saturday Night


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Strand Lyceum
Location London, England

Source SBD -> Master Reel 10 inch reels recorded at 7.5 ips (1/2 track) -> Apogee AD500 D-> Dat/0 (48k) D
Lineage Dat/0 (Sony 500) -> Samplitude Professional 9.11 -> FLAC
Transferred by Charlie Miller

Notes

Notes:
-- All disc changes are seamless
-- First few seconds of Tennessee Jed missing
-- Playing In The Band cuts at end of song
-- Sugar Magnolia cuts at end of song
-- Missing Comes A Time through One More Saturday Night
-- Thanks to Rob Eaton for letting me transfer his Dats

Reviews

Reviewer: DMT - - December 26, 2014
Subject: thanks for the music
this and the next night are beautiful shows, the last of Pigpen and the end of an era..
Reviewer: kochman - - February 13, 2014
Subject: Pinnacle of Europe 72?
Promised Land comes out rocking, ending rather abruptly.
BEW is short and sweet.
Big Boss Man is nice and funky
BTW is a great one, no overzealous singing, and good teamwork all around.
TN Jed is great, nice and twangy with the team’s cohesive playing culminating in a great jam session before the outro verse.
Mr. Charlie
Jack Straw, another great team effort here.
China>Rider, short and sweet segue here in the days prior to the extendo jam in the middle.
Me & Bobby
Good Lovin’, not a song I am generally fond of in the Pigpen era because they often tend to be a lot of boring backing to some rap which may be slightly entertaining. However, this one includes an awesome, psychedelic jam! The jam does slow down and meander for a while after the 7 minute mark before speeding back up at 11 minutes and then going into the outro verse.
PITB the jam is driven up till somewhere in the 8th minute where things slow down. These London shows mark the point where they’d started to explore the PITB territory a bit more, and are important for this reason. Great version.
Brokedown
Casey Jones

MAMU is a good way to open the set.
Big RR, Keith is clearly excited dropping double trills at the intro. Great energy in another rocking Big RR.
Chinatown Shuffle
Ramble on has a great feel to it.
UJB>Jam>Wharf Rat>Dark Star>UJB Jam>Tiger>Sugar Magnolia
UJB has a great vibe, pushing nice energy out, and then after the jam breaks down into a nice little jam that can’t decide if it wants to be Wharf Rat or Dark Star until Bob finally strums Wharf Rat chords deciding the issue. This is a great, powerful rendition, check out what Bobby does as Jerry starts into the “Get up and fly away” verse. Jer is in especially fine voice for this one, which he then diverts into his playing for the outro that blends perfectly into Dark Star’s opening notes. 6 minutes into DS we have a really nice jam, which by 8 minutes in has left the theme but remained with a decent amount of energy pushing through the boundaries of space, which gives up the energy around 11 minutes to go deep space exploring. HAL500 opens the pod bay door at around 14 minutes, and we’re in a dark place, Phil pushing it darker, with Bob and Jerry working between feedback and notes respectively (or is that Phil on the feedback?), until we return directly to theme just after 15 minutes in for the verse. After the verse Phil does a little jazz jam, backed by Keith and Billy. Guitars join in after a bit, slowly. We then get what would later be the Feeling Good Jam in the middle of China Rider, which seems to be based also on an UJB type idea. Prototype stuff here! Nice. It then heads back into a UJB jam basically. Around 25 minutes we head into a themeless, groovy jam, which then goes into a spacier place by 28 minutes… in this recess of space, starting just before the 30th minute, we are in the Jungle. The Tiger lives in the Jungle, this is a dark place. The Tiger goes strike immediately, but lurks in the bushes, you hear them rattling as it passes closer and closer. By 33 minutes X factor is achieved. While this Tiger never quite rips your face off, holy crap is it awesome. Bob can’t take it anymore and after the meltdown starts hinting at Sugar Magnolia to brighten things back up. Crikey! What a meat sequence! A+!
Comes a Time is a good call, I don’t know if I could handle any more intensity after what just happened. Bring me back to earth please. A fine rendition of one of my favorite ballads, Jerry taking control.
El Paso, another great rendition.
Sittin’ On Top of the World, the last rendition of this GD Surf Rock classic. Pig is in fine organ form for it. Fun song, primitive sure… love it! Jerry tears up some solo action. A+.
GDTRFB>OMSN
GDTRFB is so rockin’ Donna loses herself to the moment and screams! Seriously though, fuck yeah, great version here! Driven as can be, Billy, Jerry, Phil, Keith dominate. Hell, in the lighter moments you can even hear Pigpen. A+ version.

Performance Summary
Great show from the get go. The Meat Sequence is one of the best out there, and the closing GDTRFB is priceless. A+ show, much better than the next night, in my opinion.

Sound Quality
A+ for the official release.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - - May 25, 2013
Subject: --
Impossibly danceable show; sometimes I think the Dead could outfunk Parliament.

Check the Good Lovin' - this thing is a PRIME example of why ''72 is my favorite year; it's one to play for anyone who doesn't "get" the Dead. This isn't your average Pigpen rap-exercise, either; it's simply a showcase for the sheer INTENSITY of that wavy-backbone rhythm.

And then....*right* afterwards....Playin'! I mean, what other band would follow such an exhausting, amazing jam with yet ANOTHER 15-16 minute groove? They simply *could not* leave that hi-hat, maraca-shaky, ball-bearing sidewinder mash alone that spring!

Set 2's suite has, at the center, even yet MORE of that same craziness; Dark Star really should be something like, if you will: Jam > Space > DS > Groovy Jam > Space Jam - there's just way too much movement in this piece to relegate it to one title - it's like a classical piece in a half-dozen movements, and Sugar Magnolia, despite a rather hilarious short-circuit towards the end, caps everything off.

And the very last time they performed Sittin' on Top of the World? AMAZING!!!

The Strand Lyceum shows are quite similar in setlists, so pick the best of the bunch! But rating this stuff with 'stars' is rather odd; it's just such a given that this final leg of the Europe tour is the Dead at their most masterfully groovy. Got to endorse yet again that boxed set - it's really the only way to go.
Reviewer: rastamon - - March 5, 2012
Subject: A 3rd (Audience) Source
I found this at LL under "No Title" >>
http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-05-25.psbd.hamilton.147.sbeok.shnf
Reviewer: Beanie227 - - February 2, 2012
Subject: It was here before
This show has been commercially released as " Europe '72: The Complete Recordings - All The Music Edition"

We know it's gone
Reviewer: lickmyballs - - March 30, 2011
Subject: Good ole aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh.
Everything I hear here deserves 5 stars, I don't care what's missing. Wicked jam in Good Lovin'. Awesome piano and organ in Brokedown and Casey Jones. Great Mix. Out of UJB Jerry Can't seem to decide between Dark Star and Warf Rat and precedes to have his cake and eat it too. A great recording of the boys having fun on the continent.
Reviewer: Jinglebell Rainbow - - December 6, 2010
Subject: Dark Star is quite spacey
This Dark star is not quite great. At times it is just drifting aimlessly without any real direction. Phil never unleashes any real muscle. There is a feeling grovey or Mind left body jam I can never keep those striaght which one is which, but this Star lacks intensity. Try 4-14 from earlier in the tour for example. The UJB-Wharf Rat is very good, but the star fails to deliver the big time goods
Reviewer: BIG_R - - July 8, 2010
Subject: 5-25-72
Excellent performance and sound wise. To bad the ending is missing but what can you expect from a 38 year old tape.
Reviewer: NYLifer - - May 26, 2010
Subject: Agreed
A gem of a show with fiery Pig on organ counterpointing Keith's piano grandly. Could very well be one rhythm guitar and unusual organ player at the start of Good Lovin! Check out the "Teddy Bear's Picnic" tuning before the start of Good Lovin'. Would be my first and only 5 star rating if it were the complete show.
Peace, Bob
Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - - May 25, 2010
Subject: "Acid madness of epic proportions in full swing."
Perhaps the last great performance by Pigpen. Only relatively recently has a more comprehensive, but still incomplete soundboard recording of this fantastic performance become available. Sadly, a good chunk of the second set of this excellent concert is still missing.

Although the show gets off to a bit of a slow start, by the middle of the first set things start to heat up. The 17 minute, last Pigpen performance of Good Lovin' is phenomenal. It features a nice smokey jam and some extraordinary lead guitar by Weir. Is that really Garcia playing organ during the intro? Playin' in the Band is typically psychedelic. It's one of the better performances of the song on the tour, the band starting to stretch it out a bit.

The highlight of the show of course, is the incredible second set jam sequence and another amazing performance of Dark Star. A great Uncle John's Band kicks off the suite, possibly the best of the tour. But it's during the jam prior to Wharf Rat where the music really takes off. It's an amazing rendition of the song, highly emotive, and perhaps the best performance of Wharf Rat on the tour.

Once again we are treated to another monumental performance of Dark Star. This exploratory performance covers a great deal of ground during the almost 17 minutes prior to the first verse, much of it is quite jazzy. The snappy opening theme jam in particular is dynamite, and an intense spacey jam punctuated by some wild bass chords preceeds the first verse. After the verse, at about 18:30, a rather amazing bass driven jam developes with some very cool interplay between Billy, Keith and Phil. Eventually Weir leads the band into a beautiful Feelin' Groovy Jam that lasts several delightful minutes before things get rather wild, Phil producing some rather interesting sounds prior to things melting down into a dizzying space segment.

Unfortunately, the conclusion of the performance is missing after Sugar Magnolia. You might think that after two months on the road, the band might show more evidence of fatigue or a lapse in creativity, however this is a tremendous show. Will we ever hear the complete performance? (97 pts*)

*If the new soundboard recording contained the complete show, this performance might garner a perfect score!
Reviewer: rollandfin - - February 7, 2009
Subject: wow
five stars
very impressive, 5/26/72 is most known from the london run, also 5/23 worth a spin, but sure glad to see this material leak out. specifically the uncle johns to rat into ds... the space is fantastic. Ill go out on a limb and suggest that the alligator was jerry's finest guitar and 1972 was his finest form of playing, keith adds the final touches to a band on fire. Shame about the comes a time ending.
Reviewer: jjg4762 - - November 15, 2008
Subject: are you kidding me.............
I agree with the first reveiw. THIS IS THE GOOD OLE GREAT FULL dead. are you kidding meeeeeeeee. they were not good they were the best
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - - May 26, 2008
Subject: Great. Great. Great.
another unquestionably Charlie Pulling Rabbits massapeace. Thk you, m'man, 'n' thk you archives.

hell with a review -- just listen.
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